Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-952
It was just as Han Chong had said. The journey after the Ten Thousand
Snake Gorge was extremely smooth. During the remaining couple of days,
they did met with some small trouble, but it did not cause the convoy’s
speed to be reduced. Tian Bei City was also coming closer during these
couple of days of traveling.
After some recuperation during these couple of days, Xiao Yan’s
strength had recovered by about seventy to eighty percent. The injuries
that he had suffered within his body had also swiftly recovered under the
double effect of Dou Qi and medicinal pills. Looking at this progress, it
was likely that he would recover faster than he had expected.
Of course, despite the gradual recovery of his strength, Xiao Yan did not
reveal any of it. He liked these forthright men of the convoy, and he did
not wish to cause them to feel respectful toward him because of the
revelation of his strength. He didn’t want them to end up becoming
distant from him after adding a little something else onto the friendship
they had made during these few days.
With Xiao Yan’s current strength, it was likely that even Han Xue
within the convoy would have difficulty discovering it if he chose to
hide his aura. Moreover, due to the little Spatial Strength within his
body, even some experts at the peak of the Dou Huang class or even elite
Dou Zongs would have difficulty identifying his true strength if he
wanted to hide it. There was no need to even discuss about Han Xue’s
ability to do so.
Although Xiao Yan thought that he had hidden it perfectly, he realized
that Han Xue’s attitude toward him during these couple of days’
journey appeared to be changed. After she had instructed Han Chong, no
one asked Xiao Yan to do any manual work in the convoy. Xiao Yan laughed
bitterly in his heart in the face of such special treatment. Were the
instincts of a woman really this frightening? He had absolute confidence
that he did not expose any traces, but Han Xue seemed to have vaguely
sensed something. Occasionally a faint doubt and deep thoughts would
flash in her eyes while she watched Xiao Yan.
Moreover, Han Xue would frequently appear in front of Xiao Yan when she
was free and randomly chat with him. However, the content of the chat was
secretly inquiring about Xiao Yan’s identity and background. Of course,
with the experience Xiao Yan had gained over the years, he would
naturally not give himself away in front of a girl like her. The serious
and vague replies caused Han Xue to return empty-handed each time. After
continuing to put in effort in this direction, she felt quite furious
about the feeling of having struck a pile of cotton.
Xiao Yan felt helpless in his heart in the face of this scene. He could
only try his best to increase the gap between Han Xue and him to avoid
really causing this sensative woman to discover something.
Han Xue was probing and uncertain during the journey. When they set up
camp on the fifth day, a messenger bird with the emblem of the Han clan
flew from the distant direction of Tian Bei City.
Han Xue received the messenger bird’s message from a guard’s hand and
slowly opened it. Her pretty eyes moved while her beautiful face slowly
turned ice-cold. A fury even flashed across her eyes.
The camp, which was laughing unceasingly, became much quieter upon seeing
the change in Han Xue’s expression. Everyone stood up. Their gazes were
focused on Han Xue at the middle.
“Xiao-jie (young lady), what has happened?” Han Chong asked with a
“It is the letter that has been transmitted from within the clan. The
letter mentioned that the Hong clan is planning to attack the Han clan
soon and they asked me to be careful.” Han Xue clenched her hand
slightly while she spoke with an icy-cold voice.
“Hong clan? Dammit, it’s these bastards again.” Waves of curses
sounded from all around when they heard the words ‘Hong clan.’
“What are they planning to do this time around?” Han Chong frowned
Han Xue eyelashes blinked slightly. She immediately spoke in a faint
voice, “That old fellow, who will not die from the Hong clan, is
thinking of getting older sister and I to marry Hong Chen together.
However, his ultimate motive is to swallow our Han clan and become the
true overlord of Tian Bei City.”
The expressions of quite a number of people in the convoy darkened upon
hearing this. Clearly, the condition that the Hong clan had issued caused
they to be extremely furious.
“Dammit. Does this Hong clan really think that our Han clan can be
manipulated by others as they pleased? They actually dare to make such a
bastard’s request.” Han Chong furiously said.
Han Xue’s pretty face was still ice-cold in the face of Han Chong’s
furious voice. Her head shifted slightly and suddenly paused on the young
man seated by the side of a flame. However, he appeared to have not heard
the words from this side. He merely lowered his head and toyed with the
pile of fire. Seeing this, Han Xue’s eyebrows were clustered together.
She turned her gaze aside and coldly said, “We will be entering Tian
Bei City’s area tomorrow. Everyone should be extra careful.”
Everyone cried out in union.
Han Xue nodded her head. She snorted softly at some unknown person and
walked into her own tent.
The people in the camp finally returned to the side of the fire after Han
Xue’s pretty figure disappeared. Their faces alternated between being
bright and dark under the fire light. That so-called Hong clan seemed to
be an even greater threat than the demon snake Xia Mang.
“Big brother Han, is that Hong clan very strong?”
The quiet atmosphere continued for a long time before Xiao Yan, who had
been focused on maintaining the fire, stood up, stretched his lazy waist,
and asked a question.
“If we really talk about it, the Hong clan is the strongest clan within
the Tian Bei city. Even our Han clan is a little inferior to it. The most
important reason is that the Hong clan has a little relationship with the
Wind Lightning Pavilion. The most outstanding person of this generation,
Hong Chen, is someone from the Wind Lightning Pavilion and is highly
regarded within it.” Han Chong sighed before speaking with a bitter
smile, “The Hong clan has relied on this big tree to greatly expand its
reputation and influence within these short few years. After all, the
Wind Lightning Pavilion can be considered a top tier faction within the
entire northern region of the Central Plains. Our Han clan is far too
inferior when compared with it.”
“Wind Lightning Pavilion?” Surprise flashed across Xiao Yan’s eyes
when he heard this familiar name again. The matter of this world was
really filled with coincidences.
“So what if it is the Wind Lightning Pavilion? Dammit, if that Hong
clan really dares to act, the old me will kill a couple of them before I
die even if I cannot defeat them.” A somewhat young guard beside the
fire spoke with a face filled with fury.
Han Chong did not take the angry words of these young people to heart. He
patted Xiao Yan’s shoulders and said, “Brother Xiao Yan, looks like
the Han clan is about to face some unrest. I will ask xiao-jie (young
miss) to give you some money after reaching Tian Bei City. You should
leave by yourself and avoid getting involved.”
Xiao Yan smiled, but remained non-committal.
“Alright, everyone should rest early. Increase the number of guards
tonight. Everyone better keep their eyes open tomorrow. We should be safe
once we return to the clan.” Han Chong sighed, stood up, and waved his
hand. After which, he turned around and left, leaving everyone else to
curse at the fire with furious hearts.
Xiao Yan flicked his finger gently as he stared at the somewhat tired
back. A wooden stick in his hand flew into the fire. After which, it
became like an arrow that shot deep underground…
Xiao Yan patted his hands and stood up. He greeted everyone before slowly
returning to his tent. After entering it, he once again sighed softly and
muttered to himself.
“Ugh… something like a favor really weighs on you…”
The sun hung high in the sky where the clouds were absent for thousands
of kilometers. Numerous light rays carried a high temperature as they
repeatedly scattered down. Under this hot weather, even the trees on the
sides of the road began to bend in a sickly manner.
A convoy was galloping over the spacious road, raising dust that soared
to the sky along the way.
“Everyone, be more focused. We will be entering the territory of Tian
Bei City soon!”
A stern cry was suddenly emitted from within the convoy. Everyone’s
hearts tightened. They raised their heads and looked at the stone
signboard at the end of the road. All of their hands involuntarily
touched the weapons on their backs. The hands, which they used to hold
the reins, also emitted some perspiration.
The convoy galloped forward like an infuriated wild bull and flew down
the road with a rumbling noise. Within a short couple of minutes, they
approached the stone tablet that was used as a road sign.
Xiu! Xiu! Xiu!
The convoy had just passed the stone tablet when the sharp sound of
rushing wind suddenly reverberated over the place. Immediately, an
innumerable number of arrows shot out of the trees on both sides of the
roads, covering the entire convoy as they did so.
The sudden arrival of the arrows surprised quite a number of people.
However, it was fortunate that they were already prepared. Numerous Dou
Qis erupted and blocked all of the arrows.
“Ke ke, looks like they are already prepared, but unfortunately…”
Laughter was slowly emitted from the woods. Immediately a large number of
black figures swiftly swarmed out and completely blocked the road that
led to Tian Bei City. The two old men at the front of the group of black
figures were the ones that Han Chong and the others were most concerned
The two people were wearing pale-red robes. There was a similar
red-colored badge on the chest area of their clothes.
“People from the Hong clan.”
Han Chong’s group shrank their eyes as they looked at the red-colored
“Ke ke, Miss Han Xue, please come out. Us two old fellows have come
because of you…” The two old men ignored Han Chong and the other
guards. Instead, their eyes stared at the carriage where Han Xue was
located as they faintly laughed.
The door of the carriage was slowly opened and a pretty, cold-faced Han
Xue slowly descended from it. Her frosty gaze stared at these two old men
as she coldly laughed, “It is unexpected that the two Elders Hong Mu
and Hong Lie have come just to catch a little girl like me. I am really
Although she spoke in this manner, Han Xue’s heart gradually sank.
These two Elders of the Hong clan had a strength around that of a four
star Dou Huang. They were even stronger than that Xia Mang. Now that
these two had acted together… it was likely that she would have a
difficult time escaping from the calamity today.
“There is no need to say this nonsense. The old me is only following
orders. You should leave with us!” The expressionless Hong Lie glanced
at Han Xue as he spoke.
A cold glint flashed across Han Xue’s eyes. She tightened her hand and
a longsword flashed and appeared in it.
Hong Lie shook his head when he saw Han Xue resisting. An impatience
flashed across his eyes. He stepped forward and appeared in front of her.
With a wave of his hand, a hot, powerful wind that carried a pressurizing
aura blocked all of Han Xue’s paths of retreat.
A paleness surfaced on Han Xue’s face as she looked at Hong Lie, who
had used all his strength from the start. She immediately clenched her
silver teeth and threw a palm forward.
Both palms made contact and the wind that permeated out immediately
shocked the surrounding people until they hurriedly stepped back. Han
Xue’s lovely body was like a kite whose string had broken as she
hurriedly took over a dozen unsteady steps back before stabilizing her
“You can be considered to have some ability to receive one palm from
the old me. No wonder you have caught the young master’s eye.” Hong
Lie’s body did not move. He glanced at Han Xue who had moved back. He
indifferently spoke. Immediately, he stepped forward once again and
appeared in front of Han Xue. The wind on his palm whistled as he
continued to attack.
A tragic despondent look surfaced on Han Xue’s face as she sensed Hong
Lie’s even fiercer attack. She basically did not have much capital to
contend against an elite Dou Huang…
The palm wind suddenly arrived. However, just before it landed on Han
Xue’s body, an invisible force suddenly appeared. With a bang, it
easily resolved Hong Lie’s palm wind. The remaining strength also shook
him until he took a couple of repeated steps back.
The sudden unexpected change caused everyone to feel stunned. Han Xue
suddenly turned her head after being startled. Her pretty eyes locked
onto the carriage where Xiao Yan was located.
“Ugh, bullying someone younger just because you are old, yet you
actually act so righteously. You have really trained until you have thick
skin at your age…”
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A helpless voice also slowly sounded while everyone was stunned. However,
this time around, the voice was clear and strong. It was no longer that
elderly tone from the last time…